So after some research I decided to get the E-PM1 over other MFT cams. I chose it because it has full HD, option for external mic, and small size and price. I received it today, and was testing out all the features, and found that it would not fire my external flash (not the included clip on flash, but a standard flash unit). I then tried hooking it up with my cheap Adorama radio slaves, and still no go. What is odd is also I cannot fire the flash, nor the radio trigger, using their test fire buttons when they are mounted in the hot shoe of the camera. This is really disappointing to me because using flashes for me is very important! I think I got a defective unit it and hope to be able to exchange it for a new one that fires flashes properly. Although, could it be something I need to change in a custom menu, to make it work? That aside, I am really impressed with the camera. The IBIS seems to work great, despite reports otherwise from other people. It's nice and compact and seems well built. The outer body is metal, no? One thing like is the control you have over the image processing in the camera itself. Having quick access to stuff on the super control panel is great, and I love that you can natively shoot in black and white. It feels more 'real' to me to maybe shoot that way, but I have never had a camera that does that. Whats more is being able to put on yellow/orange/red/green filters in B/W mode in camera! Awesome! I was also impressed with the C-AF in video mode. It works very smoothly, and what's better is the 14-42 lens doesnt do that weird thing where it has to over-focus before popping back into proper focus. It just gently goes right to sharp focus and stops on a dime. Despite being very quiet, the internal mic still pics up the focus motor noise, but perhaps that has to do with the auto gain control on the mics while recording a quiet scene. Overall, I really like this camera, so I hope my hot shoe issue can be resolved!